Message from the Executive Director

Introducing the Trust Heritage Team

Heritage is at the heart of the Bermuda National Trust’s mission, so it makes sense that it should also be central to our organisation’s structure. For that reason, with the support of the Council, I have reorganised the Trust internally to create a Heritage department that brings together those focused on delivering our mission for natural heritage, cultural heritage and heritage education into one cohesive team.


I am delighted that this team is already working well together to develop many exciting plans for engaging with our members, supporters and the general public in a fun, thoughtful and innovative way, and most importantly to ensure that what we do here at the Bermuda National Trust reflects best heritage practices globally. You can learn more about their ethos and approach in their own words below.  

About the Heritage Team



Head of Cultural Heritage: Dr. Charlotte Andrews is a Bermudian heritage and museum professional who has worked in Bermuda’s cultural sector for over 20 years. She has a Master’s and PhD in Heritage and Museum Studies and has worked on an array of local and international cultural projects. Charlotte is endlessly fascinated by, and strives to support community uses of heritage in Bermuda.


Head of Natural Heritage: Myles Darrell is a Bermudian horticultural enthusiast and environmentalist with a commitment to protecting and conserving our environment and the traditions of agriculture, gardening, and growth. He has a Bachelor’s degree in science, majoring in Biology and a post-graduate diploma in Science Education. Myles is sincerely excited about sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for the outdoors with others.


Heritage Education Coordinator: Anna Ridgeway has been working as a teacher for nearly 20 years, arriving in Bermuda in 2010. She has a Bachelor of Honours in History and Education Studies, and a Master’s in Special Education, Inclusion and Disability Studies. Anna has a passion for learning, and thoroughly enjoys building and delivering creative ways to engage with children and adults to promote Bermuda’s rich cultural and natural heritage. 

Charlotte Andrews, Myles Darrell and Anna Ridgeway together at Verdmont Museum.

Photo credit: Vibio Festa 

Our Heritage Mission

Hello from Bermuda National Trust’s Heritage Department!

We aim to renew the focus and expand the impact of the Trust in its mission ‘to protect and promote Bermuda’s unique natural and cultural heritage, for everyone, forever.’ Fifty years of expertise, investment and effort by Trust staff, volunteers, donors, and other cultural and community partners inform our daily heritage work. We are primarily guided by heritage values and sustainable development, but also join forces with the Finance and Development Departments to sustain the Trust under the leadership of our Executive Director and Council.


The breadth of heritage responsibilities falling under the Trust’s mission requires both specialised skills and aligned approaches. Our nature reserves, open spaces and other conservation priorities often have different management needs than built heritage, archaeology, museums, collections and other cultural resources. And yet, Bermuda’s natural and cultural heritage so interrelate. Both sides of the Trust’s mission involve research, interpretation, community participation, and islandwide advocacy. We do our best to embody and fight for heritage best practices, including for globally significant Bermuda heritage such as the Ramsar Wetland of Paget Marsh and the ‘Historic Town of St. George and Related Fortifications’ World Heritage Site.


In line with today’s understandings, our team views heritage as an intangible cultural process. Community uses of heritage are endless and ever-changing. Heritage profoundly shapes people’s senses of identity and community and can address social needs, including helping heal trauma. Ensuring the Trust’s heritage work is real and relevant means working not only for—but in genuine partnership with—the community. Through heritage education, community programming, and new ways of working, we aim to deepen trust in the Trust and to foster everyone’s feeling of ownership over and responsibility for our island’s heritage. We must all play our part in monumental movements addressing the climate emergency, racial justice and more to bring about the change we wish to see.



So, our Heritage team is a powerful combination of our small staff and dedicated volunteers, our supporting members and donors, our cultural sector and cultural tourism partners, our island’s visitors and residents, and Bermudians at home and abroad. From east to west, to everywhere in between and even beyond our shores, our Bermuda Heritage team includes and needs you. Please carry on or come and join us in our heritage mission for our island and world!

Happy Retirement Randy!

Randy Denbrook of the buildings maintenance team retired on 16 September after over 15 years with the Trust. We thank Randy for all he has done for the Trust and wish him the very best for his retirement. We will miss his great stories!

 

We are pleased to welcome Jeremy Smith, who has joined the maintenance team to replace Randy. 

Trust Treasures Pop-Up Shop at Waterville

Visit our Trust Treasures Pop-up Shop at Waterville where we will be selling the many beautiful items which were kindly donated to us over the past few months. They need a new home!


We have hundreds of items such as fabulous glassware, figurines, books, stamps, china, porcelain, fine linens, silver, furniture, carpets, maritime items, toys, antiques, housewares and more! Get an early start on your Christmas shopping! You are bound to find some unusual gifts and stocking fillers.


The Trust Treasures Shop will be open on the following days until the end of October:


  • Monday until Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
  • Saturdays 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


We would very much appreciate your support!

Heritage at Risk

The Customs House Warehouse and Town Hall Building in early 1905 (Gaisford Album, Bermuda Archives)

The Registry of the Supreme Court Building,

formerly Customs House Warehouse and Town Hall

This is part of a series of architectural articles by the Bermuda National Trust to highlight some of Bermuda's endangered historic buildings.



by Linda Abend and Margie Lloyd

The Customs House Warehouse and Town Hall was one of the first buildings erected in the newly incorporated town of Hamilton. Located on the corner of the First Longitudinal and Fourth Cross streets (now Front and Court), it was completed by June 1794 and was the first of three public buildings. The two-storey building was designed for use as the Customs House Warehouse on the ground floor and the Town Hall on the upper level. On 8 January 1795, the first election was held for Hamilton’s mayor, aldermen and councillors. From 1815, when the capital was moved from St George’s, until 1821, when the Sessions House was built, the Town Hall was also used for meetings of the House of Assembly and Supreme Court. A few years later the Customs House section was altered when two large doors replaced the one small door so that bulky cargo could easily be brought in for inspection and storage. Around the same time, a two-storey addition on the northwest side was built. This was later used to house the Hand Fire Engine and sleeping quarters for the Engine Keeper.

 


Click here to read the full article!

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The Old Town Hall became the offices for the Department of Tourism in 1972

The Supreme Court Registry in 2021

The Hamilton Fire Station in 1961 (Biography of a Colonial Town)

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Support the Bermuda National Trust's Annual Raffle and have the chance to win an 8-panel solar system installed by BE Solar. We have another 15 exciting prizes for you to win this year, including 3 Electric Pedego Bikes, gift vouchers, staycations and more! Click here to view all of the prizes.

Tickets are available for purchase at the following locations:


  • Waterville, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm or call 236-6483
  • Frameworks
  • Windy Bank Farm
  • BeSolar
  • Conrads, Tools & Accessories
  • International Imports
  • Online - Click the link below or visit our website to purchase a ticket online. You will automatically receive your ticket number and be entered into the raffle.


By purchasing a raffle ticket, you will be supporting our conservation and preservation initiatives to protect and promote Bermuda’s natural and cultural heritage.  


Thank you to those who donated prizes to make this year’s raffle possible.  


For more information or to volunteer to sell tickets, please email palmetto@bnt.bm or call 236-6483

Purchase a Raffle Ticket!

Upcoming Events

Virtual Trust Talk: Otto Trott, I Talk with My Palette

14 October, 2021 - 6:00 pm - 7:00pm

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Rediscover Verdmont Tour

15 October, 2021 - 11:00 am - 12:00 noon

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Rediscover Verdmont Tour

16 October, 2021 - 11:00 am - 12:00 noon

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Volunteer Day at Marjorie Jackson Nature Reserve

30 October, 2021 - 9:00 am - 12:30pm

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Spooky Stories at Verdmont with John Cox

30 October, 2021 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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Volunteer Day at Gilbert Nature Reserve

27 November, 2021 - 9:00 am - 12:30pm

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Volunteer Day at Rebecca Middleton Nature Reserve

11 December, 2021 - 9:00 am - 12:30pm

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If you are experiencing any issues with online signup, please call 236-6483 and we will register you for events.

Walking Tours

Step Back in Time Tour

Every other Saturday starting 23 October

11:00 am – 12:30 pm


Stroll around St George’s—Bermuda’s World Heritage Site—and absorb yourself in remarkable accounts of people and places from the past. Includes Tucker House Museum and Globe Museum with the Trustworthy Gift Shop.


Admission: BNT members $20; Adults/Teens $30; Seniors 65+ $25; Kids 6-12 $15; Kids under 5 free


Click here to book online. Please book at least 24 hours in advance.­­ Limited to 15 people per tour.


Transport: Meet at St. George’s Town Hall By Ferry • By Bus

Rediscover Verdmont Tour

Fridays and every other Saturday starting 16 October

11:00 am – 12:00 noon


Imagine the interwoven 18th-century lives of a merchant family and the families they enslaved as you tour Verdmont’s furnished rooms, modern exhibits and hilltop gardens. Verdmont is an African Diaspora Heritage Trail site.

 

Admission: BNT members $15; Adults/Teens $25; Seniors 65+ $20; Children 6-12 $10; Kids under 5 free 


Click here to book online. Please book at least 24 hours in advance. Limited to 12 people per tour.

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Volunteers Needed!

Mowers Needed!


Our gardening staff are taking some overdue vacation time in October and we urgently need some help with mowing at Waterville and Verdmont!


If you could spare an hour or two, please let us know by calling 236-6483 or email palmetto@bnt.bm.

Call for Museum Guides!


Do you love Bermuda’s heritage? Want to help shed light on the broader Bermuda story?

Enjoy meeting fellow residents and Bermuda visitors? Have some time to give one day a week or more? If so, we really need you!


Find out more about volunteering at the Trust’s museums by contacting Dr. Charlotte Andrews at charlotte.andrews@bnt.bm or 236-6483 ext. 225

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